Many viewers walked away from the debate last night thinking Romney won. What wasn’t to like? The fictional Mitt Romney of last night wasn’t going to defund education, tax the middle class to pay for more tax cuts for the rich, and aside from his Kill Elmo reveal, his policies weren’t offensive.
Romney was offensive, rude and arrogant (and not in a good way), but his policies weren’t the kind of crazy he’s been bragging up the trail. He abandoned the Tea Party and the GOP last night, and basically fashioned himself into a rough outline of Obama, policy wise. The problem is, he was lying. That was a fictional Romney, not the Romney we have on tape from the entire past year, or for that matter all the way back to 1994.